Visa Application Charge Fee waiver

Posted on October 25, 2020 by Benson Shi
  • In the release of the Federal Budget 2020-21, the Department of Home Affairs has made a new announcement where they will be refunding or waiving the Visa Application Charge.
  • The below subclass will be able to receive a refund or a waiver.
Visa category and subclasses Details of measure
Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) and Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) (subclass 403)
    • Refund of VAC for impacted visa holders who were unable to travel prior to border closure on 20 March 2020.
    • Eligible for refund after visa expires.
Temporary Skill Shortage or Temporary Work (Skilled) visa  (subclasses 482 and 457)
    • Waiver for VAC associated with subsequent applications for people who held a TSS or subclass 457 visa and were either unable to travel to Australia or had travelled and departed but were unable to return before their visa ceased due to the COVID 19 travel ban.
    •  Will apply to those who held a TSS or subclass 457 visa while travel restrictions were in place and require a new visa in order to re-enter Australia.
Working Holiday Maker (WHM)
(subclasses 462 and 417)
    • Waiver of VAC for WHM visa holders who were unable to travel to Australia due to travel restrictions or departed due to COVID-19.
    •  Refund of VAC for WHM visa holders who were unable to travel to Australia due to travel restrictions or departed early due to COVID-19; and are unable to apply for a new WHM with waiver as they have now passed the relevant age limit.
    • No maximum time that a former WHM visa holder must have spent in Australia before departure.
    •  New visa or refund must be applied for before end of 2022.
Visitor (subclass 600)
    • Waiver of VAC for visitor visa applicants whose previous visas ceased, or will cease, while outside Australia due to travel restrictions, between March 2020 and December 2021. Will apply to those who held a Tourist, Approved Destination Status, Business Visitor or Sponsored Family visa which ceased while travel restrictions were in place.
    • Includes those who were unable to travel to Australia for initial entry, as well as those who had travelled and departed but were unable to return on a multiple entry visa.
    • New visa must be applied for before end of 2022.
Prospective Marriage (subclass 300)
    • Refund of VAC or extension of visa validity period for affected visa holders who were or will be unable to enter Australia before their visa ceases due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions.
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